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Book News: Amazon Makes Direct Offer To Hachette Authors

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 7:01am

Also: the CIA style manual; Nancy Andreasen on the origins of creativity.

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With A Good Twist Or Two, This Haunted 'House' Adds Plenty Of Stories

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 6:03am

Forget for a moment the spooky, restless dead. In Rebecca Makkai's inventive novel The Hundred-Year House, the ghost is just one of the many residents looking for new lives — and finding them.

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In 'Little Engine That Could', Some See An Early Feminist Hero

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:13pm

Was "I think I can" the grandmother of "Lean in?" Some readers see the plucky locomotive as a parable about working women, but in some versions of the story the protagonist was male.

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Book Review: 'Shooting Star'

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 3:12pm

Alan Cheuse reviews the first English-language version of Shooting Star, by Sergio Elizondo.

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'Violette' Evokes Exasperating Self Pity, A Trait The French Like

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:44pm

The film Violette is a fictionalized portrait of Violette Leduc, the trailblazing French novelist who was considered difficult. The strangely gripping movie captures a key moment in feminist history.

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Voting Blockbusters: One Man's Battle With His Own Mind

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:21am

Chris Klimek summarizes all he learned about summer movies and personal taste from voting in a recent survey of blockbusters at film site The Dissolve.

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What's Happening In Television: It's Press Tour Time Again

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:08am

For the next two weeks, the great big world of television will sit itself down to answer questions about new shows, existing shows, and the future.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Writes A New 'Harry Potter' Story

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 6:22am

Also: A first edition of Marx's Das Kapital has sold for $40,000; Katie Roiphe asks what would have happened if My Struggle were written by a woman.

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Balancing Signal And Noise In 'Landline'

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 6:03am

Rainbow Rowell's new adult novel follows a successful sitcom writer struggling to balance work and family — and to patch up her struggling marriage with the aid of a semi-magical old land-line phone.

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Richard Dreyfuss' Children: 'JAWS' Makes No Sense

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 4:01am

Steve Inskeep talks to Ben and Emily Dreyfuss, the adult children of actor Richard Dreyfuss. They recently watch JAWS again. Their father starred in the 1975 movie.

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For One Crime Writer, Peaceful Shetland Is A Perfect Place For Murder

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:33am

Despite the lack of real-life crime on the Scottish islands, author Ann Cleeves has found plenty of inspiration there. "I love the idea of long, low horizons with secrets hidden underneath," she says.

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Post-Apocalyptic World Falls Flat In 'California'

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:16pm

California tells the story of a couple who, when they learn they are having a baby, leave their solitary refuge in a forest for a Utopian community in post-apocalyptic America.

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Couple Revives Lost Moroccan Fig Liquor, One Bottle At A Time

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 3:39pm

Jews have made mahia, a spirit made with fermented figs, in Morocco for centuries, but the tradition has all but died out. A New York couple aims to reintroduce the drink that once connected a nation.

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Sandwich Monday: The Deep-Fried Grilled Cheese

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:54pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try an update to a sandwich classic: the grilled cheese, breaded and deep-fried.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Actor Meshach Taylor

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:18pm

Taylor was best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier on the TV sitcom Designing Women. Taylor's other TV series included Buffalo Bill and Dave's World. He chatted with Terry Gross in 1990.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers Screenwriter Paul Mazursky

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:18pm

Mazursky wrote such films as Next Stop, Greenwich Village; An Unmarried Woman; and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. He died last week at the age of 84. He talked with Terry Gross in 1991 and 1999.

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Book News: Does Anyone Actually Finish Thomas Piketty's 'Capital'?

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 6:15am

Also: an essay on domestic violence from Kelly Sundberg; notable books coming out this week.

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Rainbow Rowell Does Romance With A Subversive (Read: Realistic) Twist

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:19am

The author's female leads are plus-sized, and sometimes, instead of falling in love, they are just trying to stay in it. Her new book, Landline, opens with a marriage on the verge of collapse.

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The Life And Death Of 'The Internet's Own Boy'

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 4:18pm

Programmer and activist Aaron Swartz was a "complex person," says filmmaker Brian Knappenberger. He tells Swartz's story, including his legal battle and suicide, in a new documentary.

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The Life And Death Of 'The Internet's Own Boy'

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 4:18pm

Programmer and activist Aaron Swartz was a "complex person," says filmmaker Brian Knappenberger. He tells Swartz's story, including his legal battle and suicide, in a new documentary.

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